Apply for mainstream school travel support

Before you apply

How to apply

Once you have checked your child is eligible, you can apply using our online form.


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself at least five minutes to fill in the form.

Remember: Include the correct evidence or there will be a delay in the processing of your application.

You may need:

  • Copy of the Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit letter, showing what you have been awarded and your monthly income (if you receive this benefit)
  • Qualifying parent carer’s national insurance number (if your child is entitled to free school meals)
  • Copy of the child’s baptismal certificate showing that they are baptised into the faith of the school (if your child attends a faith school)

Apply for mainstream school travel support

What happens next?

Applications are processed from 1 June for the start of the next academic year. If you apply before this, we will hold onto your application and process it from this date.

Applications are normally processed within 10 working days of receiving your application. If you have applied for season tickets, this will take another five to seven working days to arrive at your child's school.

If you apply after 10 August, we cannot guarantee that your child’s travel arrangements will be in place by the start of the autumn term.

What if my child’s application is rejected?

We will contact you to tell you this and check with you whether any exceptional circumstances can be taken into account. If we reject your application again, you can appeal the decision.

If you have any questions about completing the form, you can see our common questions below or you can contact us.